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Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520

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4.1 / 57 ratings
7 editorial reviews
The Bravia CX523 is the successor to 2010’s EX403 series from Sony. As indicated by the model number, the CCFL version of the company’s Internet TV lineup has been downgraded from EX range of Sony ...Read more
Picture quality good rather than great, but Sony’s CX523 has so many other features, it's a great budget TVRead more
Well-specified LCD TV that makes up for its lack of LED backlighting by piling on the features. Smartphone control is worth considering while theRead more
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Pros

  • Colour is also excellent
  • CX523 still delivers excellent value for money provided you
  • it is responsive
  • and ergonomics are well within standards
  • picture quality was decent after basic calibration

Cons

  • Sound is almost always underwhelming on TVs
  • no built-in Wi-Fi
  • consumer-grade display to yield 100% accuracy
  • default 50 visibly blurs the image to an extent
  • The plastic enclosure of the remote feels hollow

Key specs

  • Flat
  • 40 in
  • 1920, 1080 px
  • LCD
  • 50 Hz
  • no
  • yes
  • no

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Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 - Pros and Cons

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520

Pros

  • Colour is also excellent
  • CX523 still delivers excellent value for money provided you
  • it is responsive
  • and ergonomics are well within standards
  • picture quality was decent after basic calibration
  • Dialogue is punchy and the TV even manages to muster decent levels of
  • s sonics are impressively accomplished
  • angular lines look clean and classy
  • quick
  • easy to use and surprisingly accurate
  • exhibited good scaling and filtering performance as well as good resolution enhancement

Cons

  • Sound is almost always underwhelming on TVs
  • no built-in Wi-Fi
  • consumer-grade display to yield 100% accuracy
  • default 50 visibly blurs the image to an extent
  • The plastic enclosure of the remote feels hollow
  • Colour luminance could have been more linear across the 0-255 range
  • lag was higher
  • The bezel around the screen is quite thick for a modern telly
  • lacks 100Hz processing or any kind of frame-creation technology
  • lacks an LED backlight
  • Occasional motion blur and judder

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 - Technical Overview

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Screen size
40 in
Best:
Vizio RS120-B3
Screen size: 120 in
Brightness
500 cd/m²
Best:
LG 42LW450U
Brightness: 4000 cd/m²
Refresh rate
50 Hz
Best:
Panasonic TC-P55VT60
Refresh rate: 3000 Hz
Resolution
1920 x 1080 px
Best:
Samsung UN98S9
Resolution: 7680 x 4320 px

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Full Specifications

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Display

Flat
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40.0 in
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1920 x 1080 px
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LCD
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CCFL
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16:9
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50.0 Hz
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no
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500.0 cd/m²
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5.0 ms
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S-PVA
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yes
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no
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no
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Audio

  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Dolby Digital Plus
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2-channel
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MP3
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yes
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yes
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Features

  • Web Browser
  • Skype
  • YouTube
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yes
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yes
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yes
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yes
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no
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Ergonomics

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  • 200x200mm
  • 300x300mm
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3d technology

no
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Connectivity

yes
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4
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1.4a
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yes
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2
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1
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1
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no
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no
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no
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yes
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yes
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yes
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yes
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no
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yes
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no
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Network

no
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USB-adapter not included
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yes
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no
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no
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Body without stand

23.86 in
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39.02 in
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28.44 lb
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2.8 in
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Black
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Body with stand

25.04 in
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39.02 in
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35.94 lb
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9.84 in
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Shipping box

27.09 in
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45.51 in
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6.46 in
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Energy efficiency

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175.0 kWH/year
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Power

50.0 Hz
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0.25 W
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181.0 W
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no
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Image

JPEG/JPG
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  • 30p
  • 50p
  • 60p
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Video

  • H.264
  • MPEG4
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  • 1080i
  • 1080p
  • 480i
  • 480p
  • 576i
  • 576p
  • 720i
  • 720p
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Tuner

Analog & Digital
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Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Editorial Reviews (7)

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Based on 7 reviews
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Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Sony KDL32CX523 LCD TV Review
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HDTV Test
Sony KDL32CX523 LCD TV Review

The Bravia CX523 is the successor to 2010’s EX403 series from Sony. As indicated by the model number, the CCFL version of the company’s Internet TV lineup has been downgraded from EX range of Sony ...

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Sony Bravia KDL-32CX523 review
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Expert Reviews
Published: 23.06.2011
Sony Bravia KDL-32CX523 review
5.0

Picture quality good rather than great, but Sony’s CX523 has so many other features, it's a great budget TV

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Sony KDL-32CX523
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Pocket-lint
Published: 03.05.2011
Sony KDL-32CX523
4.5

Well-specified LCD TV that makes up for its lack of LED backlighting by piling on the features. Smartphone control is worth considering while the

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Home review
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whathifi
Published: 11.10.2011
Home review
3.0

The Sony KDL-40CX523 has an extensive spec for the money but economies show elsewhere

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Sony KDL-32CX523
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AVForums
Published: 09.03.2012
Sony KDL-32CX523
3.5

It's currently going for a song; so will this Sony hit the right notes?

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Sony KDL-32CX523
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Trusted Reviews
Published: 01.09.2011
Sony KDL-32CX523
4.5

Sony’s KDL-32CX523 doesn’t use edge LED lighting. Shock, horror. But while that might stop it being trendy, it doesn’t stop it from being pretty good

Sony Bravia KDL-40CX520 Sony Bravia CX523 (KDL-32CX523) review: Sony Bravia CX523 (KDL-32CX523)
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CNET
Published: 22.06.2011
Sony Bravia CX523 (KDL-32CX523) review: Sony Bravia CX523 (KDL-32CX523)
4.0

The 32-inch Sony Bravia KDL-32CX523 LCD TV offers excellent value for money, delivering impressive standard- and high-definition images, and top-notch Internet features.